Bears to work out former No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell

Bears to work out former No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell
June 4, 2013, 5:15 pm
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The Bears are scheduled to work out quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell, Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer this week, according to various reports. ESPN Chicago first reported that Russell, the No. 1-overall pick of the 2007 draft, will work out for the Bears. He has not played in a game since 2009 and has been out of the NFL since his release by the Oakland Raiders in 2010.

“We’re interested in any player that’s available who can help us,” Emery said. “We’ll always look to see if there’s a role he can fill on our squad whether that’s a starter, backup or whatever that is.

“Players that are still available we’re still looking at to see if they can help us win football games.”

The Bears have Jay Cutler as their starter and Josh McCown as the No. 2. Matt Blanchard has worked as the No. 3 and the Bears have been pleased with his performance on practice squad last year and into this offseason.

But teams typically keep a “ready list” of possibilities in case of emergency. The Bears are not directly looking to replace either of their backups at this point, although a fourth quarterback is standard for training camp and affords another player a chance to play his way onto a roster elsewhere.